Finding Your Calling
The Cherished Quilt by Amy Clipston is a delightful contemporary Amish romance. It is the third book in the Amish Heirloom series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The main themes of the novel are guilt and grief. They are heavy burdens to carry and were never meant for us alone. “I’m tired of carrying this burden around… I… need a friend who will listen to me.” As well as friends, we also need God but in our grief, we may pull away from Him. “If only he remembered how to pray. His ability to talk to God had died the day Gabriel was killed.” God longs for us to return to Him.
Never Give Up
The Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston is a heartfelt Amish novel. It is the fourth book in the Amish Heirloom series but can be read as a stand-alone. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel which tugged at my emotions.
The Beloved Hope Chest is a study of grief. A grief that is raw. A grief that sinks into the soul and consumes. “No one gives us instructions on how to handle grief.” Everyone has to work through their own grief, in their own way and in their own time. “She was drowning in grief.” Grief may threaten to capsize. There seems no way out.
The novel shows that though we may feel alone, we are not alone. We may not feel Him but God walks alongside us in our grief and will never leave us to face it alone.